A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Lt. Francis Farewell (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Dr. Henry Fynn (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Lord Charles Somerset (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Fiona Fullerton ...
 Elizabeth Farewell (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Lord Bathurst (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Henry Cele ...
 Shaka (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Dudu Mkhize ...
 Nandi (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 George IV (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Prof. Bramston (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kenneth Griffith ...
 Zacharias Abrahams (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!


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24 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Shaka Zulú  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)
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Based on Joshua Sinclairs novel "Shaka Zulu", which is based on Zulu oral tradition. See more »

Quotes

Mudli: [Shaka has interrupted Sigujana's coronation ceremony] In the name of that is sacred, leave this kraal now!
Shaka: Does my presence frighten you, Elder? Or is it your guilt that prevents your allegiance?
Mudli: [spits] Your regiments cannot win my allegiance, Shaka. Son of Nandi, Senzagakona kaJama Zulu. The true descendant of Zulu kaMalandela has dictated his choice. I will defend that decision with my life. I will not allow you to defile the divine visions of my tribe. Leave this kraal. NOW!
Shaka: Gujana, kill ...
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Teri Hatcher/Dave Matthews Band (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

We Are Growing
By Patric van Blerk, Julian Laxton, Margaret Singana and David Pollecutt (as Dave Pollecutt)
Sung by Margaret Singana and the Baragwanath Choir
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Excellent Story
16 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based largely on E. A. Ritter's novel, using diaries from Henry Francis Fynn (who is credited as providing medical care to Shaka after an attempt on his life from a member of a rival tribe) & James Stuart, this is a well told & well acted story. Shaka kaSenzangakhona's statesmanship and military prowess are some of the reasons he is rated as one of the greatest Zulu kings. Highly respected by his tribe this film shows the changes he was able to make in the way that the tribes performed in battle, he is known as a ruthless and effective warrior. Unfortunately this film is often hobbled by a cheesy score and some very poorly executed sound recording. The late Henry Cele was perfect for the role. Well worth watching if you can get by the results of budgetary constraints.


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